Lionsgate has been killing it lately with a ton of catalog releases getting the 4K makeover. Today we’re going to be looking at a surprise favorite of mine, Warm Bodies.
Released in 2013, Warm Bodies stars Nicholas Hoult as R (or is it Arrrrrrrrrr?). Like the majority of people in the world, R is dead. Well, living dead, to be exact. But that doesn’t stop him from walking the earth looking for food and having pseudo relationships with other dead people. Oh, and he hunts the living for brains, there’s that too. That is, until he meets Julie and something stirs in that chest of his…
You see, humanity is still around, but is struggling to get by. Two types of the dead are lingering on far past their deaths, the walkers like R (who eat human brains, but at least have feelings and thoughts about it), and then there’s the faceless savage types, the ones who are far more aggressive. Those guys are assholes.
But to survive, humans must scavenge for food and supplies, and fight off the dead. It is during one such mission that R and Julie meet. In a moment where he should be killing and eating her, he instead decides that this fluttering in his chest must mean something, so he takes her back to his makeshift home in an airplane and protects her instead. Yea, he’s a bit of a romantic.
Over the course of a few days, R begins to crudely communicate with Julie and convinces her that not all dead are bad. The only problem is that she can’t stay with him and needs to go home to her father (played by John Malkovich), who just happens to be the man leading the humans against the dead. If you’re getting a bit of a Romeo and Juliet vibe, you’ve got a pretty good sense of things to come.
In fact, the Romeo and Juliet comparisons are not very subtly hidden, and that is fine with me. I’m ok with reskinned stories with interesting hooks, and the charm of an undead teenager in love definitely kept me interested, and had me laughing at several points.
So, while the story is not super original, what Warm Bodies does do exceptionally well is keep you entertained throughout the entire run time. Nicholas Hoult plays the awkward love struck undead teen perfectly and plays the line between hilarious and cringe spot on. If you’re going into this flick for a good time without any real deep thinking, then you will likely not be disappointed.
The picture quality of this 4K release is quite impressive, given how dark of a film it is. There is a ton of detail present, some of which was not as noticeable in the Blu-ray release. The biggest upgrade, however, is the coloring with HDR. This film has a stylish presentation and the coloring on 4K is fantastic.
Audio quality has gotten a similar bump to Atmos that we are seeing in other Lionsgate catalog releases as of late, and it makes great use of the surround setups. There are many scenes that create a 3D feel with effects going on all over the place, including above you, which makes this a definitive upgrade to the Blu-ray version if you have an Atmos setup.
As we’ve seen in other Lionsgate catalog releases, we are getting the same special features from the Blu-ray release, on both the Blu-ray and UHD discs.
- Audio Commentary with Director Jonathan Levine, Nicholas Hoult, and Teresa Palmer
- Boy Meets, Er, Doesn’t Eat Girl – interviews and background on the film making
- R&J – I told you this was a Romeo and Juliet movie – this discusses the romance
- A Little Less Dead – featurette on the casting
- Extreme Zombie Make-Over
- A Wreck in Progress
- Bustin’ Caps
- Beware the Boneys
- Whimsical Sweetness: Teresa Palmer’s Warm Bodies Home Movies
- Zombie Acting Tips with Rob Corddry
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Director Commentary
- Shrug & Groan Gag Reel
- Theatrical Trailer
As is becoming the standard with UHD releases, Warm Bodies comes with a slick looking shiny slipcover with matching art in the black amaray case. Inside, you get a UV slip, and two discs (UHD and Blu-ray). The UHD disc has matching art with the case which looks quite nice.
While not a deep film on any level, this playful take on Romeo and Juliette has a lot of fun aspects to it that makes it a worthwhile watch in my opinion. If you have an Atmos setup and/or 4K, this is the release to get, but even without, it can be picked up fairly cheap and is worth grabbing over the Blu-ray release.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.